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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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'Free runner' badly hurt in Cumbrian school roof fall

A 'free runner' has been badly hurt after plunging through a glass window on a roof.

The accident has prompted Cumbria police to issue a warning about the dangers of the activity, also known as parkour.

The 13-year-old boy suffered serious cuts after falling through the window on All Saints Primary School on Slatefell Drive, Cockermouth.

He was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment.

A police spokeswoman said they were investigating the incident.

She added: “Police would like to warn parents in the Cockermouth area that this is an exceptionally dangerous activity.

“We are aware of reports of young persons climbing on various unsafe to roofs in the town. Although this may appear an exciting activity it is inherently dangerous to do it at height on the roofs of the buildings.

“The consequences could be life-threatening. This activity may also be illegal and may result in prosecution and a financial penalty."

Anyone with information about the incident - which happened on July 28 - should call police on 101.

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